Sola
Sola

Sola

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sola-restaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7733273868
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Thursdays and Fridays: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Open Nightly at 5:30pm; Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Carol Wallack
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi-private dining from 10 - 40 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Ciara Intengan 7733273868

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Byron
  • Public Transit: CTA Brown Line Train - Stop: Irving Park
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available evenings and Sunday Brunch.
A word from Sola
Sola restaurant features distinctive contemporary American cuisine featuring Asian flavors made with the finest, freshest seasonal product available. Located in West Lakeview, the decor, menu and service are harmoniously designed to create exceptional dining at a comfortable price.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Sola reviews from OpenTable diners
148 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (100)neighborhood gem (97)great for outdoor dining (73)special occasion (62)romantic (45)great for brunch (38)good for groups (37)kid-friendly (23)notable wine list (19)great for lunch (12)hot spot (9)late-night find (3)scenic view (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • What a find!
    jysapVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The menu is so exciting and different, in the very best way. I wanted everything, it was so hard to choose! The service is exceptional as well. Everything tasted delicious and I will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No Hesitation
    ChitownRikVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Last Sunday, my wife and I spontaneously decided to go out for brunch and we decided to invite a friend of ours who we recently introduced to Sola. I simply texted "Sola brunch, you in?" and a few moments later I got his response "leaving right now!". Suffice it to say, when it comes to Sola's brunch, there's no hesitation by my friends. We went on to have another terrific meal and I chose the Ham and Cheese French toast for the first time and loved it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Have had consistently good dining experiences all around previously. This time, however, we were quite disappointed, with the food, and the service. One member of our party had to send back the chicken dish she order, which was visibly appeared to be unevenly cooked. Quite unfortunately, the attempt to remake the dish was unsuccessful, as she did not feel well later in the evening.
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  • Salmon was amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Very loud room, but the food was fantastic. My wife said her salmon dish was one of the best things she has eaten all year. The kalua pork was also delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • limited menu
    Robsy5111
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Trying to combine small with full entries limited the full entry menu for those of us not in to sharing our dinner
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Place
    lfed12
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Sola's staff was very attentive. The food was excellent and the portions were perfect. The pork appetizer with onion rings really hit the spot. Definitely a go back again restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salsa
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I've been here many times. This time I had the tuna. It was done perfectly. Also it was very tender. Diver scallops appetizer were also very tender & tasteful. The presentation for both was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The service is amazing! The ambiance is great, relaxed and welcoming. I was expecting a bit more out of the food though. We had the truffle fries, oysters and steak. The fries were honestly my favorite part of the meal. The oysters were too salty and rested on a bed of more salt. The steak was cooked PERFECTLY. It had great flavor and was very tender. It would have been much more enjoyable without the sweet sauce beneath it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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  • Excellent per usual, one small rec.
    KMai
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I've lived in the neighborhood for over seven years now, and venture into Sola at least once-twice a year. I've always had excellent dining experiences here, and will continue to visit. Tried Sola's duck for he first time (I've had duck plenty in my life) and would just suggest to find a way to cut down on the salt, if possible. I know duck is a salty dish to begin with, but once the duck sausage is added into the dish, mixed with the tasty broth underneath, you're sitting on a salt mine. Just a thought, still a good dish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Always delicious & creative
    boomerVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Carol wollack's food is consistently delicious and creative. I had a melon salad with a surprising combination of wonderful flavors. I am always happy with my meal at Sola. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 2essenceVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The ahi tuna was outstanding! The potstickers and kale salad were great, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had quite a few people tell us that Sola was great, so we went in with some pretty high expectations. All of those expectations were met and then some! The food is beyond excellent, our waiter was so delightful (very warm and friendly) and helpful with suggestions certain appetizers and main courses. The atmosphere is very relaxing, however we ate at 5:30, so it may get more exciting or loud later in the evening. We will definitely be back to try more food - it was hard to pick this first time around!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • Delicious brunch
    LBchicago
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Sat outside, good service. Brunch food was amazing, shared w a friend and got the short rib eggs benedict, and another version of eggs benedict only w chorizo and cornbread. SO GOOD, will def go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    TRSCombs
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We wanted an adult night out and visited Sola on the recommendation of friends. So glad we tried it - we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful brunch
    SallyVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Sola serves a wonderful brunch on the weekends. If the weather permits, the outdoor area is lovely. Wait staff (especially Brandy) is terrific and busboys are quick with the coffee refills. Always enjoy our Sundays.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love this place.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    First and foremost, everything is delicious. The flavors are enhanced by innovative approaches and creative combinations. Wait staff absolutely extraordinary: knowledgeable of menu items and wine list, solicitous, friendly without being overly familiar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great New Find
    ChimiDog
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I dined alone and early so my quiet rating may not be correct, also I didn't have wine so I can not rate bar scene or wine list. The service was very good, attentive but not annoying wait staff. The food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sola is amazing!
    mellie
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Have been going to Sola for many years, always have a wonderful time. Service is super, food delicious, atmosphere classy without being stuffy. Will continue to dine here and also recommend it to anyone looking for a special place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Consistently delicious
    MarknLauren
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I had not been to Sola for quite some time and was happy from start to finish. The cocktails were seasonal and tasty, salad (kale) soup (mushroom) and entrees (short rib and tuna) were cooked well and very tasty. Only consideration is I felt rushed by the service staff, otherwise quite good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid choice
    MikeBikerVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Very good neighborhood restaurant that is consistently reliable. Try their homemade ice cream.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place
    yummytummy
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    food was very tasty - loved the truffle fries and the fried Brussel sprout leaves; service great, nice ambience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful service ang great food
    southportreviews
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The service was wonderful. Warm, inviting, and not rushed. The tuna entree is one of the best in the city. My only criticism was that the scallop appetizer is not worth the price (only 2 scallops), though it is delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent all around
    johne49269
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The server was extremely knowledgeable about the menu, the food was fantastic and came out in a timely manner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food better than space/service
    SplendidEater
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Met close friends for dinner. Food was great, we all had great meals. Service left something to be desired. They kept clearing our plates as soon as anyone had finishing a dish, and they were on us to order. Odd as we were at their last seating. Also the space feels very office building-y. The soft lighting helped, but the space i missing warmth and soul.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxed Local Gem
    Praxis2013VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Nice outdoor space, excellent burger/eclectic menu with mexican influences and super staff service too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Flavorful Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is my favorite brunch spot in the city. I attempt to try something new each time, but always seem to end up with Huevos Rancheros. If you enjoy flavor, and a little zesty kick, I absolutely recommend Sola. Quick service, food served promptly, and a very attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Sola is perfect date night spot, with staples on the menu I always get (Kalua Pork & Scallops) and constantly changing entrees, salads & small plates. I've never had something I did not enjoy here, service is always helpful and quick even when busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Tiredparents
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We went to Sola for our anniversary. We don't get to go out much now that we have a toddler so it was great to be treated to a fabulous dinner with outstanding service. The staff were all warm and friendly, the restaurant is beautiful, and the food was delicious. We fought over who got the last potato croquette.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ttla
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We had a great dinner here the other night - light and delicious goat cheese stuffed squash blossoms, really yummy tuna poke, and really tasty lamb chops!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Chicago's Finest
    cisco
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The meal at Sola was one of the best that we have had in Chicago and it's suburbs. The service was was impeccable, the presentation was nearly perfect, and the food was layers upon layers of outstanding flavors and textures. My husband had a perfectly prepared rare wagyu steak, I enjoyed the tenderest short ribs, and my son had the cheesiest grilled cheese sandwich that I have ever seen. On our budget, it is too pricey for anything but special occasions, but in the future, it will be the first place that we consider when we want to celebrate.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful al fresco dinner
    lilsop825VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We love Sola and the great food and laid-back vibe. Allison is a wonderful server and took care of us beautifully. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sola was Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Food was awesome as expected, but the staff really set this place apart. I always like exploring new restaurants and Sola was the pick for this adventure. What a great find! Tucked away in North Center this spot was great. The decor was nice and tranquil but nothing notable. the food from appetizers to the original ice creams for dessert was awesome. Come fo food, and talk witht eh staff!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Hawaiian Fusion in Lakeview
    luv2travel
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    My wife + I go to Sola on a monthly basis. Very easy street meter parking with a nearby Chicago lot (and free on Sundays). It is our favorite restaurant in Chicago and has never disappointed. Their Ahi Tuna Poke, Kula Pork and clams + mussels appetizers are all very large portions. Everything on the menu is tasty + unique (pacific fusion flare). Our favorite entrees are the salmon, tuna, short ribs and duck. If I were ever invited on the PBS TV show "Check Please" ... this is the restaurant that I would bring guests to. If you like Roy's restaurants you will love Sola.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Suberb food
    moi13VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The pea and coconut soup was delicious. The tuna preparation was out of this world. We love Hawaii and go often but never have had better Hawaiian food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sola
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Always a delightful experience with fresh food and outstanding flavors! The quality of food is some of the best in the city. We have eaten there many times and it is always consistent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Evening
    myfavelogo
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We were a party of three and had a beautiful evening.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • sola restaurant
    easylivingman
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Good atmosphere, ambience, and vibe. great food, the short ribs were tasty, scallops with baby Brussels sprouts great, and bartender poured a generous cocktail.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great way to end the day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We sat outside, had a great cocktail, chatted with neighbors walking by and then had a great meal. What more could you ask for?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre food & atmosphere
    ChoobiVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Not great food. excellent service. very pricey for what you get. Interior feels like a dressed up cafeteria.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The food was fabulous. We were a party of five. We shared Tuna Poke and Wagyu steak tartar as appetizers and they were delicious. Three of us had the tuna for our entrée and it was cooked perfectly. One person had the Wagyu burger with truffle parmesan fries and one person had Wagyu steak tartar with a side of Mac n cheese for her entrée. Also the flat bread they serve at the table is delicious. The service was very efficient but we never felt rushed. The food was outstanding and I can't wait to go back.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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